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LGBT History Month – Day 28 – Agnes

Agnes is a very special lady, born in 1939.

From the age of 12, she obtained her mothers post-hysterectomy hormones to feminise her body. At 19, she was referred to Dr Robert Stoller and interviewed by him, Dr Harold Garfinkel and Dr Alexander Rosen.  Garfinkel was a sociologist interested in the way that gender worked.

Agnes was taken to be an example of testicular feminisation syndrome. She refused to meet or be classified with any other trans* person or any homosexuals. Garfinkel studied her case, and published academic papers on her intersex condition.

She was recommended for surgery as an intersex patient, at a time when such surgery was regularly denied to trans*. Surgery was completed in 1959 by a team of doctors. Stoller presented his findings at the 1963 International Psychoanalytic Congress in Stockholm; Garfinkel included an extensive chapter on Agnes in his pioneering 1967 book on Ethnomethodology.

Agnes was able to undergo surgery, and five years after this, she was able to tell doctors that she did not identify as intersex, but had told medical personnel this to enable to her to be cleared for surgery.

Just imagine this for a moment, a 19 year old girl in 1958, convinced the experts that she was intersex, and obtained her goal of completed gender reassignment surgery. After her surgery, she disappeared from the history books.  If she is still alive, she will now be in her mid-seventies..

You can read Garfinkel’s and Stollers research paper on Agnes from 1967 online, here: www.intersexualite.org/passing-is.html

And an analysis of Garfinkels work, here:  www.ejhs.org/volume4/agnes.htm

LGBT History Month – Day 25 – Amanda Simpson

Into politics for day 25, Amanda Simpson (1961 – ) is the first transgender lady to be appointed to the White House administration.

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Previous to being in politics at the highest level, Simpson participated in the Bates Aeronautics Program while a student at Harvey Mudd College. She earned her single engine land private pilot’s license in 1981, a commercial pilot’s license with instrument privileges in 1983, and became a certified flight instructor – airplane in 1988 and an instrument instructor in 1989. In 1988 she added a multi-engine class rating to her commercial license to qualify for transfer to Hughes Missile Systems as a project test engineer and pilot. Simpson upgraded to an Airline Transport Pilot’s (ATP) license in 1994 after adding multi-engine to her flight instructor ratings in 1991. In 1997 she added single-engine sea (float planes and flying boats) to her ATP license. In 2005 she became one of only a few licensed pilots flying FAA-certified unmanned aircraft in the national airspace system.

As of 2009, she has flown over 60 different makes and models of aircraft and has accumulated over 2700 flight hours.

In late 2009, Simpson accepted an appointment by the Obama Administration, where she served as the Senior Technical Adviser to the Bureau of Industry and Security. In July 2011, Simpson was reposted to the Pentagon, following this, she was detailed to the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, where she served as the Deputy Executive Director until January 2014, when she was named the Executive Director by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment (ASA-IEE) In September 2015, Simpson was sworn in as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy.

You can read an interview with her here: http://www.refinery29.com/amanda-simpson-army-transgender-interview

LGBT History Month – Day 14 – Renée Richards

Day 14, and we head into the world of professional tennis to look at Dr Renée Richards (1934 – )

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Dr Richards is an American ophthalmologist, author and former professional tennis player.

Born in New York, Richards excelled in sports at school, and later became a skilled tennis player while studying at Yale. After graduating, Richards went on to study ophthalmology, taking additional training in the United States Navy.

In 1975, Richards underwent male-to-female sex reassignment surgery, before returning to work as an ophthalmologist.  She continued to develop her tennis skills, and applied for the US Open in 1976. She was denied entry by the United States Tennis Association, who required all female tennis players to undergo gender verification by chromosomal testing, and banned players who would not comply. Richards took the matter to court, and the New York Supreme Court ruled in her favour in 1977. Judge Ascione ruled that she was indeed female, and that requiring her to pass the genetic test was “unfair, discriminatory and inequitable, and a violation of her rights”.

Through her fight to play tennis as a woman, she challenged gender roles and became a role model and spokesperson for the transgender community. She was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

You can read an interview with her here: http://www.gq.com/story/renee-richards-interview, and an article about her here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33062241

LGBT History Month 2016 – Day 11 – Michael Dillon

Day 11 and we’re a third of the way through our series. Michael Dillon (1915 – 1962) was the first British person to undergo FTM transgender surgery.

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He first attended Oxford as an undergraduate, and sought treatment from Dr George Foss in 1939. He was prescribed hormones, as part of which treatment he was asked to speak to a psychiatrist. Unfortunately, thanks to the indiscretion of the said psychiatrist, Michael’s desire to transition became public knowledge, and Michael moved to Bristol where he took a job in a garage. He later became a ship’s doctor. In 1944, having undergone several surgeries, Michael successfully had his birth certificate amended in order to reflect his transition. His brother, Sir Robert Dillon, 8th Baronet of Lismullen, Ireland, did not react well and severed contact. Even so, the peerage journal Debrett’s, which records noble and aristocratic lineage, willingly updated Michael’s details in their publication, placing him next in line for his brother’s baronetcy. Unfortunately, the equivalent journal Burke’s Peerage did not make the changes, and this anomaly was picked up by the national press, which cheerfully publicised Michael’s history.

To escape further attention, Michael went to live in India, where he was ordained as a Buddhist monk, and remained for the rest of his life.

Michael Dillon is author of the 1946 book Self: A Study in Ethics and Endocrinology. He wrote: “Where the mind cannot be made to fit the body, the body should be made to fit, approximately at any rate, to the mind.”

You can read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Dillon

LGBT History Month 2016

For LGBT History Month 2016, Derbyshire LGBT+ are going to explore some of our favourite LGBT+ inspirational people. Over the next 29 days, we will explore the contributions made by LGBT+ people to our present society: our art, literature, sports, music, values and the current attitudes towards LGBT+ issues. Some may be names and faces that you know well, others maybe not so; so we invite you to come and explore with us, and maybe discover a new inspiration. We have included historical figures and current notables, as, for us, LGBT+ history isn’t just in the past, it’s being written now. And now. And now. Every day we advance as a part of society, every news article about a trans* murder, every new equality law or tribunal case, every PRIDE celebration, every new medical advancement to help make surgery safer for trans* people or to treat HIV, every annual award for LGBT+ friendly employers, the contributions being made by and for LGBT+ people are not just in the past, they’re also happening right now.

Even though we have an extra day this year, there’s still not enough days in February for us to list all of the people who inspire us, so let us know in the comments if you have an LGBT+ hero, heroine, someone LGBT+ or an LGBT+ activist who’s inspired you.

So, without further fanfare, let’s get right into Day 1. Our first inspirational person is someone much admired by our CEO. For Day 1, we celebrate a lady who embodies grace and charm, April Ashley.

LGBT History Month 01 - April Ashley

April Ashley MBE (1935 – ) is an English model and restaurant hostess. She was outed as a transgender woman by the Sunday People newspaper in 1961 and is one of the earliest British people known to have had gender reassignment surgery.  At the age of 25, having saved £3,000, Ashley had a seven-hour-long surgery in May 12 1960, performed in Casablanca, Morocco by Dr Georges Burou.  Ashley was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to transgender equality.  A major exhibition, ‘April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady’, was held at the Museum of Liverpool from 27 September 2013 to 1 March 2015.

You can read more about her on her official website here: http://aprilashley.org.uk/

New LGBT Mental Health Drop-in

DF is hosting a monthly LGBT Mental Health drop-in.

Would you like support for feelings such as loneliness, low mood, stress, anxiety or self harm? Derbyshire Friend working in partnership with Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust will be hosting a monthly Mental Health drop-in for people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans.

A mental healthcare professional will be here for you to talk to about any concerns you may have about your Mental Health and Well-being.

Drop-in at: Derbyshire Friend, 2-3 Friary Street, Derby, DE1 1JF on
12th December 4-6pm
9th January 4-6pm
13th February 4-6pm

The drop-in offers an opportunity to have an informal chat with a qualified mental health worker about any aspects of your emotional well-being in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. For more information call 01332 207704 or email info@gayderbyshire.org.uk


LGBT Health & Wellbeing Survey

Health and Wellbeing Survey for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Communities in Derby City and Derbyshire County

Derbyshire Friend has been commissioned by NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County to carry out a survey of LGBT health and well-being. The aim of the survey is to gather reliable information about the health needs and experiences of LGBT people in Derby City and Derbyshire County to shape future healthcare provision and planning. For too long services have relied on assumptions and national data to try and guess the needs of local LGBT people, so now is your opportunity to say what it is you need and your thoughts and feelings in relation to healthcare services. This is the first time this has been done on this scale locally and is your key opportunity to effect change.

Please forward this message to your networks, groups, friends, family and colleagues as we hope to get as many responses as possible from a diverse range of people.

To complete the survey click on the link here

 By completing the survey you are eligible to enter the prize draw for an Asus Nexus 7 tablet PC!


DF Olympic Drop-Ins

Starting Monday 30th July 2012, DF will be screening live Olympic events from 9:30am to 1:30pm every weekday in our drop-in areas!

So why not pop in to our friendly Pavilion Centre on Friary St for a brew, a chat and to watch all the latest action from the Olympics?

And while you’re here, you’ll have the chance to chat to our knowledgable and friendly staff and volunteer team. So whether you’re looking for some health and well-being advice, finding out about our volunteer opportunities or just looking for a friendly, supportive ear, it’s all here waiting for you!